PASSOVER AND YOUR FUTURE
Passover is a monumental event that took place in Egypt long ago when the Israelites were being oppressed by slave masters. It foreshadows a yet future event that has very similar circumstances. Yahshua the Messiah spoke of a coming fulfillment of the Passover.
Passover is a culmination of the 10 plagues Yahweh brought on Egypt. Moses was sent to deliver the children of Israel to a land flowing with milk and honey. Pharaoh repeatedly refused to allow the Israelites to leave. Yahweh brought increasingly severe plagues, of which the Passover was the most severe.
Progressive Severity of the Plagues
The first plague was turning the water into blood. This was an inconvenience, as the Egyptians could find water by digging wells. Next came a plague of frogs, which was rather more of a nuisance than a calamity. This was followed by a plague of lice or sand fleas, then flies. When the plague struck the cattle, the Egyptians began to worry.
Later the Egyptians received body boils. Next, their crops were ruined by hail, wiping out the spring harvest. A plague of locusts ate the remaining crops. The ninth plague was three days of total darkness. The Egyptians were not able to leave their houses. All industry and commerce stopped. The tenth plague was the Passover.
At the fourth plague, Yahweh distinguished His people Israel from the Egyptians. The Israelites living in the land of Goshen were spared any future plagues. Yahweh told His people what they must do to avoid the terrible judgment that was coming upon the Egyptian nation. He passed over His obedient people, but sent judgment on the Egyptians living about them.
Moses related to Pharaoh what was about to happen. All the first-born of both humans and cattle were to die, from those of Pharaoh down to the slaves, Exodus 11:4.
Yahweh’s people were to identify themselves by killing a lamb and taking the blood and applying it to their doorposts and lintel. They were then to roast the lamb with bitter herbs and eat it that night, making sure that which was left over was burned the next morning. If a household was too small to consume the entire lamb, two families were to keep Passover together.
At Passover, Yahweh executed judgment against the false religions of the Egyptians. Yahweh was showing that He in in complete control and that His worship is distinctly different from the pagan deities of Egypt, Exodus12:12. (Most of the plagues in some way upbraided an Egyptian deity. For instance, they worshiped the Nile, frogs, cattle and insects.)
Passover was to be observed by entire families. It is to teach us and our children that His judgment will soon come upon this world’s false religions. The word Passover refers to Yahweh’s “passing over” those homes that had been marked with blood. The people were eating the lamb in fear of Yahweh’s warning that they should stay inside for protection.
Many today do not believe that Yahweh would smite with death animals and people. They picture Him as a kindly, doting grandfather who puts up with the whims of His spoiled children and does nothing to punish them. The truth is, Yahweh punished even believers with sickness and death for careless observance of the Passover, 1 Corinthians 11:29-32.
It is most probable that Yahshua was taken captive at about the same night the ancient Passover took place. His doom was sealed from that time until He was impaled the following afternoon. He was as good as dead from the time He was apprehended.
Questions Most Asked About Passover
Following is a sample of the most commonly asked questions about Passover and the Bible’s command to observe it.
Why do you teach that Passover is to be kept once a year?
The Passover and feast days are all listed in Leviticus 23. These are annual observances to be kept as a statute forever, according to Yahweh’s Word. Ezekiel 45:21 tells us the Passover will be kept on the 14th of the first month. This chapter begins with a new dividing of the land, with a special section for the temple. Therefore, we know this is a time yet future because the divisions of the land are not the same as they were under Joshua.
We also know from Zechariah 14, verses 16 to the end of the chapter that the Feast of Tabernacles, an annual observance, will be kept. Isaiah 66:23 tells us that all mankind will come to worship Yahweh on His Sabbaths. Notice that “Sabbath” is plural. It means more than merely the meekly Sabbath and includes all of the other annual Sabbaths, as well.
Yahshua Himself said in the New Testament that He would be keeping the Passover again in the Kingdom. This can be found in Matthew 26:28-29; Mark 14:25; and Luke 22:15-18. It is obvious from both the Old and New Testaments that the Passover will be kept when the Messiah returns to rule. And it will be kept with a new and deeper understanding.
Why cannot we wait to learn from Yahshua Himself exactly how to keep these times so we do it absolutely correctly?
There is no place in Scripture telling us to sit and wait for perfect instruction. There are many places, however, admonishing us to prepare ourselves and become righteous to be accounted worthy of that first resurrection. If we do not obey now, we will not even be in that first resurrection.
Scriptures like 2 Corinthians 11:1-2 and Revelation 19:8-9 admonish the bride to prepare herself for the marriage. Her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints. Ephesians 5:26-27 commands us to be converted and motivated by Yahweh’s Word so that we might become a glorious assembly, having neither spot nor wrinkle, holy and without blemish.
Does the Passover have any significance for us today?
The plagues brought upon the Egyptians are similar to those mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 16 significantly pointed out the similarities of the plagues in Egypt with those that will be brought upon the earth. Just as the Egyptian plagues were directed at pagan deities, so the plagues ahead of us will be directed against false worship. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us the Sabbaths are a shadow of things yet to come.
Do you have any proof that the Passover in Egypt portrays one that is future?
The verses in 1 Peter 1:13-21 speak of exactly this. Verse 19, especially, says that we are redeemed with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Romans 5 also brings this fact to our attention, especially in verse 9: Much more then, being justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Here again, it is the blood of the greater Lamb that will save us from Yahweh’s anger. Revelation 18:4-5 alludes to this greater Passover.
Note: And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her My people that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven and Yahweh has remembered her iniquities.”
Only after you realize the necessity of observing Yahweh’s commanded days, like Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, casting off the false worship of modern Egypt, will Yahweh’s blessings and protection come to you, just as they did for the Israelites thousands of years before.